Sustainability

Afritimsu Group Transacts Wood And Wood Products On A Global Scale. We Are Dynamic, Responsible, Financially Sound And Growing.

SUSTAINABILITY TO PROTECT THE FORESTS

Tropical forests make up about half of Earth's entire forest area. They are a refuge for the diversity of species and the green lung of our planet. We are committed to managing these forests sustainably and conserving them for the long term. We therefore have ourselves certified every year according to the PEFC and FSC standards. Our sustainable, certified forest management makes an important contribution to the conservation of tropical forests and to halting their overexploitation.

Our three pillars of sustainability

As one of the largest providers of certified tropical timber products, electricity generated from biomass, and emission certificates, holistic sustainability is the key to our success. In addition to our economic performance, social and environmental aspects are an indispensable part of our corporate sustainability


Economic sustainability

We generate economic added value through sustainable use of tropical forest resources

Social sustainability

We generate social added value by supporting schools, health care, and development projects and creating jobs in remote tropical forest areas.

Environmental sustainability

We generate environmental added value by rigorously managing our forest areas according to sustainable standards, ensuring their long-term survival.

With our wide range of products, our contribution to economic and social development in economically weak regions, and the conservation of our forests and their biodiversity, we make a contribution that goes beyond the traditional forestry and timber industry.

Our contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement

With the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the United Nations created a basis for a better future. The focus is on combating poverty, inequality, climate change, and environmental destruction as well as on promoting prosperity, peace, and justice. With our three pillars of sustainability and our protection of the forests, we make an important contribution to the SDGs. You can read more about this contribution >here.

In the same year, the Paris Agreement was adopted by the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). The Paris Agreement establishes the foundations for international efforts in the fight against climate change. Conservation of large forest areas is a key point, and thanks to its permanent preservation of 1.1 million ha of tropical forests, Afritimsu Woods makes a significant contribution to this important goal.


Reports on sustainability in practice at Afritimsu Woods

More information about our sustainability engagement and activities can be found in the following reports.:

> 20 years of sustainable forestry in the Amazon (published, August 2017)

> Sustainability at PW Amazon (published, 2018)

> Impressions of the "Centre Culturel" project in Bambidie, Gabon (published, April 2018)

> Afritimsu Woods and the sustainable impact (published, April 2018)

> Afritimsu Woods and the Sustainable Development Goals (published, August 2018)

> Fauna inventory in Cameroon, Congo, Gabon (published, April 2019)

> Afritimsu Woods' impact and sustainability reporting (published, April 2019)

> Sustainability and Transparency Report 2019 (PDF, published, July 2020)

> New hardwood sawmill in Bambidie (published, August 2020)

> Sustainability and Transparency Report 2020 (PDF, published, May 2021)

Responsibility for social sustainability

Sustainability builds on social, environmental, and economic factors. Social sustainability is indisputably the most important pillar. Only if a society and each of its individuals can develop freely and according to their wishes can economic success and environmental understanding develop.

Our social responsibility extends not only to our employees and their families, but also to the entire population at our locations. We are the largest regional employer in both Gabon and Cameroon, Congo & Gabon. A significant part of local businesses and local social structures are thus directly or indirectly affected by the success of our company. We see it as our social responsibility to support the communities and be a part of public life. Our engagement depends greatly on the local circumstances.

In Cameroon, Congo & Gabon, for instance, our employees and their families enjoy special access to the health care system. For the benefit of the public, we also regularly support cultural events there and participate in the construction of public facilities such as playgrounds.

In Cameroon, Congo, Gabon etc, we provide access to food, drinking water, electricity, and health care for our employees. Given that the social and cultural offerings in the region are limited, we have always organised sporting events and we operate a large cultural centre.

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Unique cultural project in Africa

Because there is a lack of broad social offerings at our location in Gabon, we have launched our own cultural project with a large >cultural centre. This is a unique offering for the promotion of social sustainability. The centre was planned and is run by our voluntary cultural committee. In addition to a library with computers and internet access, the centre also offers training facilities. Regular cultural events take place, and the centre serves as a venue for celebrations such as weddings.

Another main use of the centre is for adult education and to support school children.

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Education as the key to sustainable development

Employees with strong training are an indispensable necessity for us. In addition to disadvantages for our company, a lack of training can also mean that employees cannot develop freely in social and financial terms. General scholastic education and solid professional training are thus undisputedly the foundation of any positive social, environmental, and economic development.

We recognise the efforts of the public educational institutions and also actively support them in Gabon by providing accommodation to teachers and making the school infrastructure available. During the holidays, motivated young people also have the opportunity to attend various remedial and further education courses in our cultural centre. Older adolescents benefit from free transport to the nearest secondary schools. In order to give adult employees the opportunity for further education, our cultural centre offers various programs from literacy courses to computer training.

To counter a lack of skilled workers, we also rely on regular internal and external training opportunities. For example, our sharpeners and loggers in Gabon receive training several times a year from external experts. Thanks to cooperation with the Red Cross and the public fire brigades, we are also able to offer general further training and thus provide our employees with extensive advancement opportunities.

We also maintain close partnerships with local universities. We do this not only to advance >research, but also because we are often able to recruit graduates from these universities as valuable employees and managers.

Although our engagement in education and training involves the allocation of high financial and personnel resources, it allows our employees to broadly develop their skills. In this way, we and our employees lay the foundation for long-term social and economic success.

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